Cucumbers: Recipes, Usage, Enjoy!

cukes - Poona Khera and few Marketmore - August 2012


smashed cucumber salad 


2 medium cucumbers

Kosher salt

1 teaspoon sugar

2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

2 teaspoons soy sauce

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 small clove garlic, finely grated

Pinch crushed red pepper flakes, optional


  1. Quarter the cucumbers lengthwise. Put the slices on a cutting board, skin-side-up. Use the flat side of your knife to lightly smash along the length, then cut the cucumbers into 3/4-inch pieces. Toss the cucumbers with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and sugar, then drain in a colander for 20 minutes.
  2. Whisk together the vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic and remaining 1/2 teaspoon sugar. Add the cucumbers and toss to coat. Sprinkle with crushed red pepper, if using.

fridge pickles

these are so tasty, so fresh and so cool…. they’ll disappear quickly. such an absolute treat this time of year – enjoy!

makes 8 cups


1 cup distilled white vinegar

1 tablespoon salt

2 cups white sugar

6 cups sliced cucumbers

1 cup sliced onions

1 cup sliced green bell peppers


  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring vinegar, salt and sugar to a boil. Boil until the sugar has dissolved, about 10 minutes.
  • Place the cucumbers, onions and green bell peppers in a large bowl. Pour the vinegar mixture over the vegetables. Transfer to sterile containers and store in the refrigerator


cucumbers, 2014

Cucumber Salad

1 cup rice vinegar

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup grated ginger

1 tsp. coarse salt

Mix all these together.  Cut your cucumbers into 1/8 inch slices. Put them in the dressing and refrigerate for a few hours.  You can keep adding cucumbers to the dressing for a couple of days.  This was served at the garlic party and well liked.

All ripe! poona khera cucumbers, 2014

slicing cucumbers, 2013

all ripe Poona Kheera cukes

cukes - Poona Khera and few Marketmore - August 2012

I clipped an entry from High Mowing Seeds for you to check out regarding this Poona Kheera Cucumber. It’s been such a solid producer for us, year after year, and an exceptionally tastey cuke all throughout it’s changing colors. Hope you enjoy as much as we have! So fresh, crunchy & juicy. We also have the green cukes: both “slicers” (smooth green skin), and picklers (green, spiked skin). The poona kheras have come in first this season, the greens are following close behind in time.

Poona Kheera Cucumber Organic Poona Kheera Cucumber – A favorite in our trials! A specialty variety from India with great flavor, quality and field resistance to disease compared to similar varieties. Cucumbers are light yellow-green when young and begin turning russet-brown at full maturity. Traditionally sold at light-green stage, but the flavor is best when harvested just as browning begins; skin has a sugary sweet flavor and flesh is juicy and crisp. Heavy producer. Climbs easily on trellis to 5-6’.  ()
Days to maturity: 50 days

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